This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org to ask Steve Jones about a misbehaving driver's door on his Range Rover P38.
The driver’s door on my 2000 Range Rover 4.6 V8 refuses to open. Pressing the unlock button on the remote-control fob releases all the doors’ buttons and they can be opened – except for the drivers’ door. I’ve tried opening it with the key and manually from inside but to no avail. What’s wrong?
David Williams, Malvern, Worcestershire
The driver’s door and lock get the most work, so it’s likely to give trouble first. It sounds to me as if the linkage to the lock has come off, which means the lock isn’t being operated by the lock solenoid. To reach this, remove the door card – with the door closed and the seat in place. Tilt the seat fully forward and push it forward right up to the steering wheel – the card is only held with poppers so inserting a thin paint scraper or equivalent should give you sufficient leverage to pop them.
Remove any armrest or levers before you start; they’re usually held with screws. Start at the bottom right-hand corner and ensure the window is up.
This workshop advice appeared in the March 2016 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.